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post #1 of 11 Old 07-22-2011, 05:35 PM Thread Starter
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horse feeding caculator

i need a calculator where i can insert my horses weight condition and work load in order to figure out how much water hay and feed i should give them
ex.How Much to Feed your Horse?
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post #2 of 11 Old 07-23-2011, 12:59 PM
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Unfortunately I don't think there is any, but the simple math of it is this: 1.5-2% of their body weight (so for a normal sized horse, between 15 and twenty pounds of hay/grass per day) in forage.

For hard feeds, it depends on the type of feed. There are feed charts on the back of every bag, and you will have to multiply the decimal (will say something like ".25-.50 pounds of feed for 100lb of body weight per day", which again with a 1000 pound horse is between 2.5 lbs and 5 lbs a day) by your individual horses body weight, according to how much work they do.
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You're kidding about the water part, right? ALL animals should have free-choice, fresh, cool, clean water available at ALL times.
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tblvr is correct, you're not going to find any type of calculator to tell you how to feed your horse. It would be impossible for someone to generate one that would work on every single horse in the world. The only thing that is the same from horse to horse, is the fact that they are horses, and that is pretty much it. There are way too many factors that affect how a horse has to be fed and how much, outside of the horses weight, and activity level.
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post #5 of 11 Old 08-01-2011, 12:35 AM
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Anyone who has completed an equine nutrition program will have the grid to calculate feed needs and can recommend feeding options. I do offer this as part of my practice. If you would like a feeding calculation pm me and we can discuss.
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i need a calculator where i can insert my horses weight condition and work load in order to figure out how much water hay and feed i should give them
ex.How Much to Feed your Horse?
You can try Horse Feed Calculator. It is quite complex.
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You do realize this thread is almost 2 years old, don't you? The OP hasn't been on the board since last November.

You want the truth? You can't HANDLE the truth!
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post #8 of 11 Old 06-18-2013, 10:41 AM
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You are right. Still, you found my post quite fast. Maybe others with fulltext search will profit too. Anyway, thank you for making me aware.
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post #9 of 11 Old 06-18-2013, 04:01 PM
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Old thread or not, the calculator is pretty cool. I wouldn't use it 100% but as a general guide to get an idea of what you need before looking into feeds yourself I can see it being beneficial. So thank you for that, forest.
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post #10 of 11 Old 08-09-2013, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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You're kidding about the water part, right? ALL animals should have free-choice, fresh, cool, clean water available at ALL times.
I was wondering because some people at my barn do not water there horses so i do it and i was wondering how much a horse needs just out of curiosity.
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